November 16, 2006 10:46:00am
Re: OK, I'm Dead Again
Nice thread! I know the feeling , so:
August, 1985, Manor Downs, Texas. Dancing under a star-lit sky in the Texas heat, having just "kindly" primed for the start of the 2nd set,
the boys open with Terrapin, and a feeling of warmth (internal, not from
thesultry TX weather) spread throughout my body and mind--and if I concentrate real hard I swear I can recall twinges of it to this day),
andas the song blossomed towards the powerful coda, and Jerry opened up onthe jam, I found myself literally leaping into the air and dancing w/far
more abandon that i normally did (it helped that I was w/friends towardsthe rear of the field where there was lots of space but still greatsound), and i just could not stop grinning from ear to ear....it was
oneof those quintessential show moments, when you are completely and whollyIN the moment, and nothing seems to exist outside of that gorgeous music that lifts the soul to dizzying heights.
There were many similar instances over the years (I will never forget
myfirst show 1-11-79 at Nassau; I had only heard jack Straw from europe '72,which was fine, but when they opened up the jam during that show, I felt
scared and thrilled beyond belief all at the same time...it was that
verymoment that it clicked for me, and I never looked back)...
but the weird thing about that manor Downs Terrapin experience is that itwas SO profound and beautiful, that I've been wary of going back listen to
it again, for fear that it can't possibly live up to that "being there"moment...of course, it can't.
Maybe it's time i did, though. 8-31-85, I think it was.
This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2006-11-16 18:46:00